Despite this year’s VGX Awards decidedly falling flat, 2013 may eventually be seen as quite a significant year in video game history. This year saw the release of ambitious titles such as The Last of Us and the record-shattering Grand Theft Auto V. It also saw the near-simultaneous launches of two megalith consoles, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. It may surprise some readers that the website GameRevolution has named Nintendo “Best Publisher of 2013”; although Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U is currently the highest-rated next gen game, the Wii U has underperformed in sales overall. GameRevolution’s reasoning for granting the award actually has more to do with the game releases and chart performance of Nintendo’s handheld console, the 3DS. The gaming website mentioned the “hardware chart domination” the 3DS has enjoyed over the past six months, as well as the quality and quantity of first-party releases on the system: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Zelda: A Link Between Worlds to name a few. GameRevolution also commended Nintendo’s unique approach to courting third-parties. Citing Shin Megami Tensei IV and Project X Zone as examples, the website contended that Nintendo “proved that third-parties can still succeed on its platforms”. While it’s great to see Nintendo’s little-handheld-that-could carry Nintendo safely through troubled waters, here’s hoping Ninty will employ similar strategies to help the struggling Wii U. Does Nintendo deserve this award more than the other publishers who released games this year? Let us know what you think in the comments below! local_offer 3DS Nintendo wii u stars Further Reading Legendary Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go The cost of Nintendo consoles in today's dollars Wii U gets firmware update Watch the Smash 4 EVO Finals on Disney XD Listen to the Hey Pikmin soundtrack for free Take a peek at this week’s Nintendo Dow Alexander Kleinwechter Should that picture resemble GTA V nintendo style. I like it 🙂 Also is there any chance that nintendo will get the ratchet and clank games to nintendo platforms. Maybe a petition? Christopher Acuna Ain’t Happening. Anthony Sibilla Nope, Ratchet and Clank should stay on Sony consoles only. Alexander Kleinwechter Why? Anthony Sibilla R&C has always been for Playstation, and should stay that way. mar laguna Yeah Im with you no other games that is not from nintendo Its sony and Its stays that way Zackary Bruley Yeah, man. That Sonic guy isn’t on SEGA consoles anymore either, see what happened to him… *rolls eyes* R&C is not going anywhere, but I will say that Platformers sell better on Nintendo. thedeciderU i think you’re right about platformers selling better (i have not done the research). i just hope with all the platformers being released on nintendo as of late, especially side-scrolling 2D platformers, that the market doesn’t become flooded. 2D platformers are probably my favorite genre of all time, but I’d like to see a wide variety of genres come onto nintendo consoles. to balance out the variety on the wiiu, nintendo really needs a couple exclusive fps or third-person shooters to lure some not-so-sure gamers. i know there’re are some, but most seem to be multi-platform releases or remakes. i am kind of getting sick of all these remakes of old games. the gaming industry has started showing signs of the film industry. all i have to say about this is: “a couple winners, a whole lot of losers” (to quote george carlin). Zackary Bruley Rare, a 2nd party company like Retro, used to make this types of games for Nintendo; i.e. Goldeneye 007, Perfect Dark, etc. This games still by-pass the junk FPS/TPS that are made today. We just haven’t had a company step up to do this yet sense M$ got Rare. And the reason I believe, IMHO, that a company has yet to bring fantastic FPS to Wii U/3DS is due to the fact that people do not want “Awesome, amazing games that just happen to be FPS” they are buying the next best way to kill each other online. What I believe Nintendo should do, IMHO, is release a new Turok game, maybe even a HD Turok Trilogy. That will teach all these “Hardcore” gamers what a man’s game truly is!~ I’m out! Alexander Kleinwechter The same thing sad sega fans with the sega consoles! Agent721 Its directly published by Sony, via other markers, and is one of Sony’s core franchises. Just buy a PS3 ….they’re bound to fall in price this year even more and it has a great library of games. I’m console agnostic, all consoles have great games. Jon They’ve already started dropping thedeciderU well put. all consoles have great games. alex toschi So you are not sure wether or not consoles exist?? haha wrong choice of words there my friend :p Daniel Gonzalez The IP is owned by Sony. Shota yeah and pokemon on xbox & ps . dream on Cheroth I would love Ratchet & Clank to be on Nintendo platforms. A Starfox and Ratchet & Clank crossover a dream I wish would come true, but sadly never…. gamesplayswill Oh little Wii U! Keep on crawling! You can make it! Alexander Kleinwechter Little? Not sure if that is the right thing to say about the platform that releases the top rated next gen game! gamesplayswill You guys have to evaluate everything I post. XD I meant it as a cute little pikachu kinda thing thedeciderU we are the internet, and we evaluate and judge your thoughts before you even post them 🙂 gamesplayswill I think you guys evaluate it before I am even born… o.o thedeciderU i hope you know i was kidding! haha gamesplayswill Of course I know! Hahaha, if I was serious they’d have to send me to Arkham. (Hope you get the reference) Daniel Gonzalez I was under the impression this was Arkham. SmashFinale 3DS games this year were phenomenal. Wii U games were also grea- Nonexistant. Just 3D World. Im not counting an HD Port. (and don’t say Legends. That’s not published by Nintendo) Lil J Moore So Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Earthbound, Wii Sports Club, WWHD along with 3rd party titles like Legends, Sonic Lost World, Splinter Cell BL, ACIV, Batman AO, Cod, and Indie guys were Non-existent for a Console in its FIRST YEAR. Yeah. SmashFinale HOLY FUCK HOW COULD I FORGET PIKMIN 3 AND WONDERFUL 101?! And im not going to count third parties because they are not PUBLISHED by Nintendo. Lil J Moore So tell me how many titles was Nintendo suppose to make in the first year. Agent721 Pikmin 3 was great. First pikmin I ever played and now I want more. If you’re not into strategy games, fine, but it is a great game. thedeciderU i’m so on the fence with this one. i’m not sure if i would like it so i don’t want to drop the cash. i don’t sell back anymore because it’s a ripoff. i wish there was a demo on the eshop. it’s intriguing. SmashFinale I’ve been waiting to play Pikmin 3 since 2005. It slipped my mind there but i do love Pikmin games. Lil J Moore Nintendo just knows how to make games. This is why I love them so much RockieOllie consoles…not so much. As much as I love them, i have to be honest. but when it comes to software they have mastered their craft GermGerm Well, I guess that’s one opinion. RockieOllie Are you saying you like having hardware that limits the amount of possible 3rd party games that makes it on Nintendo platforms? Not being able to chat with friends over games like Mario Kart? I don’t get why people take it so negatively when fans want more out of the console they like. Speedy Petendo This is a big victory for Nintendo. To choose this moment to point out what is missing… it seems ungrateful to Nintendo. That is why you are getting downvotes. Back to NES Remix I go. RockieOllie I like how when Nintendo got placed on CNets Top 10 worst list, a lot people were saying “What do they know!” “These guys don’t know gaming” (Not saying these were your words, just something that i have noticed) But when GameRevolution gives praise all of a sudden they know what they are talking about and are the most credible site on the planet (Not to take away from the award Nintendo has received) People love to dismiss the negative and hold dear to the positive. Which is why I assume you ignored me saying “Nintendo has mastered their craft” and argued against the critisism I don’t see how this is a “Victory” why should we care what some gaming website thinks whether it be GameRevolution, IGN or even VGX (What a joke). If Nintendo gives us the best experience shouldn’t it be left to us to decide whose the best on our terms? Look Nintendo deserves this achievement every bit of it, but lets not ignore what the platform could be. hahahero whoa, no love from the fanboys RockieOllie What do you mean no love, I gave them props saying they are masters at their own craft. hahahero I was referring to your downvotes. RockieOllie Oops sorry my bad, misunderstanding on my part haha hahahero no worries GABRIEL GARCIA You say it !!! Nintendo is the creator of all the times in the art of video games ! Marcus Larsson Wish Nintendo could release a gta-clone with Mario and the others 🙂 MewThree28 I’ve always had a thought for that. It would be even better than GTA lol Dáibhí wotshissurname True, but then trolls would lament it for being a GTA clone, which would then spread to become the game’s reputation. Either way, they have published one under the name of LEGO City: Undercover. Prid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnU-tOV_uzE Mithiragi Here’s my proposition. Waluigi as a Mushroom Kingdom gangster with Wario as partner in crime. It would be nice to have a game starring Waluigi for once and this sounds like a good direction for him. CEObrainz Nintendo do great first party, they haven’t changed their pace since the N64. In fact it’s because of certain game series’ that release games yearly like Fifa (just an example) that we expect more from Nintendo per year. uPadWatcher CEObrainz… I agree with you. Tim van Broekhoven right Agent721 Take Two wins this year, sorry…Bioshock and GTAV. GTAV is game of the year as far as I’m concerned. I’m nearing 100 hours on the single and multi, combined and I’ve barely scratched the surface on the multiplayer. Nintendo’s best games this year were SM3D world and Lego City…the GTA clone. Shota there is so much to do in gta v Agent721 Right? Its never ending & the online is superb. And it’s no wonder…who are the Houser Brothers biggest influence? Shigeru Miyamoto! thedeciderU haha a clone. in many ways yes, with a completely different experience (charming and quite funny) i just got gta V so i can’t say much on that one yet. i think i’ll probably always like gta III and vice city the best though, but we shall see. Agent721 It’s an awesome game, Lego City. GTAV is awesome as well. thedeciderU gtaV (and the series) is funny in its own way. it definitely makes fun of and stereotypes everything. people, pop culture, places, lifestyles. it’s one big joke, really. i always think of it as over the top all-american bigger is better in-your-face. people bitch that it’s so violent, but it’s only to be over the top and a commentary, not to mention just ridiculous. i feel many might be missing the point. that’s my take anyways. and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. NintenScience trolololololololololoolololololol Javier Smith I know what you where you’re coming from, Agent721, but just remember that this is based mainly on 3DS and not Wii U. MewThree28 Okay guys, as much as I see people saying R&C should stay Sony, (I’ve only played one of them at a friends before), fine, that’s totally cool. But I do not want to see people say that Mario or Zelda should be on a Sony console, Oh and especially not Smash Bros. If Sony fans want a Smash bros for PS3, then go get PS All Stars (the biggest rip off imo) thedeciderU i thought it was a ripoff initially too, and in concept, it is. i heard the game modes and how it’s all balanced set it apart though. i have not played the game, but read a number of reviews/forums. MewThree28 You know, I don’t really buy games for my PS3. The only games I own for it are the typical COD and GTA. So that’s why I havent really played much of Sony’s games. And I don’t have Ghosts or GTA V. Waiting on getting a Wii U and some of the awesome games on it. thedeciderU i have a ps3, and just bought it in the spring, mainly for the last of us, and to play with my girlfriend’s bro online since he lives very far away. i own the uncharted trilogy, the last of us, battlefield 3, heavy rain (which i enjoyed), and gta V (i played III and vice city on a sony console, so i wanted to keep the tradition going). i highly recommend the wiiu. i bought it day one, and there were many things that were annoying that are now fixed. in addition to the now steady lineup of high profile games they’re rolling out, the virtual console has several major classics to play, all with built in saves, and since it’s nintendo, you can play with one of about four or five different controllers/combos. the value is high with their newest bundles. LopsidedPasta I’m really surprised to see this, but in a good way. I kind of thought that Sony might take it, but I guess TLOU wasn’t enough. With the releases of Smash, X, Mario Kart, Zelda, and various other strong titles, Nintendo should be more than capable of taking 2014 by storm. Rabbi Bongstien That’s cool! I think we get so caught up talking about consoles that handhelds get lost in the conversation, but yeah, 3DS be killin it in 2013! And the eShop dude! I have high hopes for Wii U next year. PS3 and 360 had some good last games but yeah, 3DS had the best year hands down. Daniel Schwarz It HAS been a great year for the 3DS. I have to say that Ubisoft also released a ton of great games this year though, including Rayman: Legends, Splintercell, and AC4. Shame Watch Dogs was delayed. Nintendo will always be my favorite, but I like what Ubi is doing as well. Nicolas Dorion uhm, still no articles on Hyrule Warriors? It was announced today!!!!! greengecko007 The article has been uploaded for quite a while… http://wiiudaily.com/2013/12/hyrule-warriors-announced/ X3Charlie Anyone noticed how much the hype has died down since the PS4 and Xbox released. If I were them I wouldn’t be so cocky, they could very well see their sales drop off after the diehard fans have all gotten theirs. thedeciderU they just don’t have games right now. everyone was so quick to take a shit on the wiiu, but it had a better launch lineup than ps4 or xbox one. sure, the graphics in a couple games are quite pretty, but nintendo kills it in the gameplay dept., and most of their games from this past year are gorgeous. i’m wondering when sony and microsoft’s consoles will have their power maxed out. it seems that all their developers want to squeeze every ounce of power out of it, and it seems like they might already be close from a few things i’ve heard. i’m not a developer, so it may be nothing more than hearsay, Steve Rees Yes! Simples Diogo Zacharias Nintendo do always great in handheld’s sotware, but lack efforts in bring something really great that could be done on their on home consoles… It’s just about 10, less, games that do really good in an entire generation of Nintendo’s home console since N64. They have the best designers on their side, but need to cut the strings. They could REALLY improve their momentum creating something NEW with their unic and creative minds, without the cartoon-like art of all of their games, and puting efforts on really incredible art and/or reallystic graphics, on a game to make their own franchise of a simulation racing game e/or a FPS for a more mature audience. Using the game pad on extremely inovative ways being the only way to play the games on the single player/campaign mode and using the basics configurations on that style of games on the local/online multplayer mode. Simon Stevens I’ve lost track of all the games they brought to the table acros the Wii U and 3DS this year but I don’t remember even once ever saying “this game is terrible”, everything has been 8 and onwards out of 10, it’s been an amazing year of Nintendo games, Super Mario 3D world being the standout with games like Pikmin 3, Fire Emblem awakening, Luigi’s mansion 2, both Zeldas etc, I think it’s fair to say Nintendo are the number 1 dedicated games publisher in the business, so much so, you have to buy their hardware to play their extensive library of games, for what they lack in third party, they make up for in first party and third party exclusives, I’m convinced one of the big reasons Wii U has had a bad year in sales is due to how well the 3DS has done with all the exclusive Nintendo content available on it, if you had to choose at this point, 3DS would probably come out on top, When you consider Nintendo sales on the whole, it’s been a fantastic year, and has beaten everything else hands down with no signs of slowing down, Nintendo will come out of this generation smelling like roses, I 100% believe that. YogiGRB i love the artwork in that articlepicture, the tattoo in mario’s neck and luigi alll grown-up packing a gun Asavarii I’d buy that game 😉 InterTreble Even EDGE said so. You’ve read right, EDGE. In the world of videogames, videogames are the key point, not hardware, not RAM, not cores. Who tells you the contrary is just somebody who has no games in its arsenal which can even compete with one of Nintendo’s masterpieces.